Lansing is fit to be Thai-ed
|By Joe Torok|
New Thai Village and No Thai! spice up the scene, while Emo’s freshens up its array of Korean cuisine
In downtown Lansing, a touch of Thai was needed. A few weeks ago, Thai Village opened its doors at 400 S. Washington Square, filling a culinary void and diners’ stomachs.
Owner Marie Yang sold a Thai restaurant she owned in
“I had been working all my life,” Yang says. “The restaurants were something for me.”
Thai Village opened on July 25, and Yang says the first week was quite chaotic. Things have settled since, but running a business affords little downtime.
“It’s busy, but it’s your own, so you can spend time with your family,” Yang says.
While Yang is often the face of Thai Village, her husband cooks in the kitchen — and he cooks lots of peanut curry.
“That dish is the most popular,” Yang says. “At my other restaurant they ate it, too, but not like here. I was so shocked.”
Other signature entrées ($7 lunch, $9 dinner) include Thai
Unlike downtown Lansing, the city of East Lansing already has a handful of Thai options. Now, it has one more.
On July 27, No Thai! opened its doors on Grand River
The No Thai! name is a play on an owner’s first name, but being a college-town creation, No Thai! revels in irreverence. Cooks and order-takers reference both a "Seinfeld" icon and text-speak culture with T-shirts that read “No Thai 4 U!”
Don’t expect Thai Nazi treatment, though; the atmosphere is relaxed and the food is casual.
If you have never experienced Thai before, this might be a spot to check out first. Sauces are homemade from family recipes and almost everything is prepared fresh on-site.
Five levels of spice — which include “weak sauce” and
If Thai isn’t your thing, try some Korean at Emo’s in East
Robert Schmungler, son of owner and sole
“There are, like, 35 Korean barbecue places there,”
One item coming soon to Emo’s menu is the
The galbi ($12, also spelled kalbi) is perhaps Emo’s most
Emo’s Korean Restaurant
If all you want is a hot cup of coffee and a freshly baked blueberry scone, you’ll soon be able to unwind at Red Cedar Café.
Owner Angie Anderson, a veteran of Michigan State
If all goes according to plan, she’ll open her doors in East Lansing’s Brookfield Plaza by Aug. 29.
Anderson says the atmosphere will be fast-casual with an emphasis on quality coffee and homemade food.
Sandwiches, soups, salads and baked goods will line the menu, and catering will be available, too.
“I just love going to different bakeries and cafés, and I
Red Cedar Café